Ada County Sheriff’s deputies say public input led to the arrest of 34-year-old Andrew Reed Buzard for an armed robbery at Paul’s Market Thursday night.
ACTION team deputies and U.S. Marshals arrested Buzard at his residence on W. Brownstone Drive just after 4:30 p.m. Saturday. The home is about four blocks from Paul’s Market, which is on the corner of Lake Hazel and Five Mile Roads.
Buzard, who used a handgun to threaten a clerk during Thursday’s hold-up, is being held in the Ada County Jail on a felony charge of robbery.
Ada County Sheriff’s Captain Steve Bartlett thanked the public Saturday for their help.
“A tip from the public ultimately led our detectives to identify the person who did this violent crime,” Bartlett said. “We are very grateful to have citizens who care so much about keeping our community safe.”
The robbery occurred just before 10:15 p.m. Thursday. A man wearing a black hooded sweatshirt walked into the store, located in the 10000 block of W. Lake Hazel Road, took out a gun, and demanded a store employee give him money from the store. Once the robber had the money, he made the clerk lay on the ground while he walked out.
Witnesses described the robber as being about 5-foot-8 to 10 inches tall and about 200 pounds. He has short-cropped light colored hair, olive-colored skin, and hazel eyes. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, jeans, and bright blue tennis shoes.
Deputies arrived moments later but were not able to locate the robber in the area.
Security photos and video from the store were posted on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter and traditional media outlets by Friday morning. By Friday afternoon, tips were rolling in. it wasn’t long before someone identified Buzard from the images and contacted our deputies.
By Saturday afternoon, deputies located Buzard and arrested him without incident. Detectives found evidence at the Brownstone Drive home linking Buzard to the robbery.
Buzard will make his initial court appearance Monday afternoon. The crime of robbery is punishable by up to life in prison, with a five-year minimum sentence.